Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates on 22nd November with both sides hoping to kick-start their season, following disappointing campaigns so far. The bookies have already dismissed both the Red Devils and the Gunners title ambitions this year, with Arsene Wenger’s side 40/1 with Bet365 while United are as high as 55/1 with Paddy Power.
Louis van Gaal told fans to judge him after three months when he replaced David Moyes but the Dutchman has overseen Manchester United’s worst start to a league season for 28 years. While Wenger spent heavily over the summer, bringing in £30 million man Alexis Sanchez along with Danny Welbeck from United but has seen his side struggling as the went into the November international break.
Who Will Win?
United returned to winning ways last time out with a less than impressive 1-0 victory at home to Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace. The Red Devils have yet to win away from Old Trafford this season, however, drawing three and losing two of their five matches on the road so far this season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will go into the game looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat at Swansea before the international the break. The Gunners defensive frailties were highlighted once again as they surrendered a 1-0 goal lead, just days after dropping two points against Anderlecht as they threw away a three goal lead against Belgians. The North Londoners, however, are unbeaten in their five games at the Emirates in the league this season, winning two and drawing three.
The Gunners have won just one of the last 10 meetings between the two clubs, however, in May 2011, but they are considered the favourites with the bookmakers with Coral offering 11/8 for a home win while United are 11/5 with BetVictor with a draw 5/2 with Betfair.
Will There Be Goals?
Both sides have struggled defensively this season, with Arsenal conceding 13 and United shipping 14 in their opening 11 matches. The last three meetings between the two sides, however, have all been low scoring affairs producing less than 2.5 goals per game.
Last season’s two fixtures finished 0-0 at the Emirates and 1-0 at Old Trafford while Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game against Arsenal ended 1-1. Both sides have kept just three clean sheets so far this season, however, and both teams to score is 13/20 with Ladbrokes, while a draw and both teams to score is a tempting 7/2 with Winner.
Who Will Score
Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney both have a great record in this fixture, netting six and five goals respectively. Only the legendary Thierry Henry has more goals in this game, with eight, and former Arsenal skipper van Persie has netted three in the last five meetings between the two sides.
The Dutch international has made a slow start to this season but has a habit of raising his game against his former employers. Danny Welbeck, meanwhile, will undoubtedly have a point to prove against Louis van Gaal following the Dutchman’s decision to let striker leave Old Trafford this summer.
Welbeck has made a bright start to his career at the Emirates, netting five goals in his opening seven games, and may be worth consideration in the first goalscorer market - especially with William Hill’s goalscorer second chance offer with the firm refunded your stake as a free bet If your player scores second.